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East County News Service

September 30, 2015 (La Mesa)-- Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from La Mesa and Lemon Grove, with assistance from San Diego Fire, responded to a house fire in the 4100 block of E. Arrieta Circle in La Mesa this morning. 

The first Chief Officer arrived within five minutes to report a single story, single family dwelling with heavy smoke coming from the house. Firefighters quickly attacked the fire from the interior, while simultaneously cutting a hole in the roof to alleviate smoke and hot gases from inside the structure, said Sonny Saghera, public information officer for Heartland.

All occupants were out of the structure when firefighters arrived.

There was some minor fire spread to the inside of the attic of the structure, but it was mainly confined to the master bedroom and hallway.  Fire crews were able to contain the fire within 10 minutes, with no damage to any of the other surrounding structures.  There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported.   

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Estimated dollar loss for the structure is $150,000 and $50,000 for contents.  Red Cross was called in to assist with the displaced residents.

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